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Title: Seizing history : development and non-climate change in small island developing states
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Sustainable development -- States, Small
Climatic changes -- States, Small
Resilience (Ecology) -- States, Small
States, Small
States, Small -- Economic conditions
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2017). Seizing history : development and non-climate change in small island developing states. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management,10(2), 217-228. DOI:10.1108/IJCCSM-02-2017-0037.
Abstract: PurposeThis paper offers a critical review of climate change related initiatives in small island states, including Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which can end up as ontological traps: fuelled and supported by external donor agencies, thwarting out-migration and shifting scarce and finite resources away from other, shorter-term and locally spawned development trajectories and objectives.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is based on a selective literature review. It clusters important themes found in published research and policy documents.FindingsThe results identify a burgeoning critical voice in regards to resilience and its legitimation of climate change driven projects in SIDS. This paper recommends a more nuanced approach which also privileges migration.Originality/valueThis paper provided a critical overview and synthesis of the immobility implicit in much climate change related work, through the critical lens of island studies and post-colonial studies.
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